Marcus Miller Interview Page 4
Smitty: Carries a lotta weight because you are highly recognized as a great musician and the funk master of the four-string and this record is a stamp on your musicianship and like no other, because this is a fantastic record, and it does show that you can step in with the best because you have the best on this project.
MM: Oh yeah, thank you, man.
Smitty: Yeah, man, and it speaks volumes, my friend. And I know that people are gonna be lining up for this record because it is unbelievably good, and I’m just glad I got my copy! (Laughs)
MM: Yeah. The response has been very good, man. People have been really enthusiastic about it, you know, a lotta nice e-mails and people going to my Web site, www.marcusmiller.com, and leave me nice notes, so, so far, it’s been a very nice experience with this album.
Smitty: Yes, and it was released, what, last week?
MM: Yeah, it came out a week ago.
Smitty: Yeah, man, and it’s doing very well and I love the artwork, man.
MM: Oh, thank you.
Smitty: It’s got that signature M&M silhouette on the back. (Both laugh.)
MM: Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, exactly. You know it.
Smitty: I mean, that’s like the Michael Jordan silhouette, you know?
MM: Yeah, yeah, yeah, exactly. I’ve been working on that to get a little logo going.
MM: But yeah, we’re just trying to find something that like on the front cover that was just clear and it kinda jumped out at you, so I like the color combination.
Smitty: Exactly, and you’ve still got that four-string working, man. That is a beautiful instrument. Have you named that one yet?
MM: Nah, man, B. B. King, you know, he’s got everybody trying to name their instruments, man. But mine, it’s just a 77. That’s the year I bought it, man, so, you know, they say “What instrument are you playing?”
MM: Everybody knows what I’m talking about.
Smitty: Yeah, the 77. That’s pretty cool, man. Wow, well, Marcus, hey, man, I wanna congratulate you because you’ve done some fantastic things throughout your career, as you mentioned, as well as those of recent. Congratulations on the cruise because I know you stowed away on one and you loved it so much you did your own.
MM: (Laughs.) Well, you know, when they first asked me to host a cruise, you know, like I said, I was initially a little reluctant, and they said “Well, why don’t you come on one of the cruises that we already have going so you can see what it’s like?” And that’s when I said “Oh, this is nice, you know, and the people love music. What musician doesn’t wanna be around people who love music, you know?” So that’s when I realized it was something that I could do and something I should do, so yeah, I was a stowaway. I might stow away on Wayman Tisdale’s next cruise because that’s my boy and I always have a good time with him. I might have to jump in his suitcase or something, you know? He’s so big, I could probably fit in his suitcase, no problem. (Both laugh.)
Smitty: I know. You and me both. What do you mean?
MM: Yeah, exactly. Big fella.
Smitty: Yeah, but a cool cat, though, very cool.
MM: Oh, beautiful, yeah, beautiful. That’s my boy.
Smitty: Yes indeed. Well, Marcus, hey, man, thanks so much for talking about this great record and your fantastic career, and congratulations on everything in 2008 and 2009, my friend.
MM: Thank you.
Smitty: And I look forward to seeing you real soon so we can kick it and talk some more.
MM: Smitty, thank you very much, man.
Smitty: All right, we’ve been talking to the incredible bassists, Marcus Miller. His fantastic new record is self-titled Marcus. You can’t miss it. It is already out in stores everywhere. You must pick up this great record. I highly recommend it. Marcus, thanks again, my friend, and we will speak very soon.
MM: Sounds good. Talk to you soon.
Baldwin “Smitty” Smith
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